Best Neighborhoods in Richmond, Virginia

Although Richmond is an independent city and has no county affiliation, it is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of 2010, the population within Richmond proper is estimated to be about 204,000 residents. Richmond was founded in 1737 and has been the site of many historic battles. the economy in Richmond is driven by government, law and finance. There are six Fortune 500 companies in Richmond including Owens & Minor and Carmax. Richmond is home to Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond.

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Sports

Although there are no major league sports teams in Richmond, the college community sports teams are prominent in the area.

Crime Rate

The crime rate in Richmond has shown continuous decline, but the average still remains higher than the state and national averages.

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Jackson Ward is Richmond's historic African American neighborhood. Referred to as "Black Wall Street of America" Richmond was a thriving community for African American's post civil war. Also known as "The Harlem of the South" Richmond was visited by some of the most notable names in entertainment including Duke Ellington, Lena Horne and Billy Holiday. The Maggie L. Walker National Historic site was opened as a museum in 1985. There has been a great deal of restoration in Jackson Ward, and residents continue to take a great deal of pride in their community. The Artwalk on Broadstreet is host to a number of art galleries, trendy and specialty stores, and restaurants. There are good schools in the Jackson Ward for families to take advantage of and public transportation is readily available.

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Westover Hills is one of the older neighborhoods in Richmond; and is considered very established. The Hills is located near the center of town and borders the James River. Most of the homes in Westover were built prior to 1940's and the styles of the homes vary greatly. The neighborhood seems more suburban than urban in that the lots are large and there is green space. There are single family homes as well as converted apartments and condos to choose from. Residents of Westover Hills have the best of both worlds; a thriving business district with great restaurants, shops and art galleries, and beautiful homes and greenways.

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Manchester is a neighborhood and industrial area south of downtown. Manchester has been historically successful due to its location and the docks and agricultural mills inside its borders. Recently, there has been a lot of positive development in the neighborhood. There are a number of new homes and residential options, as well as increased commercial development. Riverview Center and the Zero Cafe are recent additions to the Manchester landscape. Residents of Manchester benefit from a good school system, and a great neighborhood. Public transportation through Manchester and to other outlying areas is readily available.

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The North Side is home to a number of neighborhoods in the Richmond area. Some of these neighborhoods include Bellevue, Washington Park and Ginter Park. Because of the various neighborhoods representing the Northside, there are varied styles of residence of homes and housing options as well. You can find anything from a Queen Ann to an arts and crafts bungalow. And the prices of the homes and rental properties are as varied as the architectural styles. There is something on the Northside for everyone. The Northside is also home to several college and university campuses including Union Theological Seminary and Virginia Union University.

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Three Corners is a neighborhood in Richmond noted for its triangular shape defined by Broad Street, Hermitage Road and the Boulevard. The VCU Rams play in Three Corners and it's also home to the Science Museum of Virginia. There has been increasing loft development from old warehouses and storefronts in the area; one in particular is the new E. M. Todd Hams building. Other new construction consists of a seventeen screen movie theatre and a number of restaurants, shops and entertainment spots. Residents of Three Corners have a great number of amenities at their disposal and public transportation is easily accessible.

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Oregon Hill is a neighborhood overlooking the Bell Isle and the James River. Oregon Hill is a great place for students, singles and families just starting out because of its historically low rental rates. Recently, there has been a great deal of development in the forms of new homes in previously vacant lots, converted warehouses and storefronts to lofts, condos and apartments, and old buildings torn down to make room for new townhouses. Taxes in the area have been increasing because of all the development; however, a number of residents and newcomers find the area highly desirable.

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